Book Review x 2: "Toad Cottages & Shooting Stars," + "Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots"

I originally reviewed these 2 books on Goodreads and for my other blog: Of Books and Blooms. So my apologies if these are a repeat for anyone. However, in light of our Gardening with Kids series, I couldn’t leave these out! They are both by Sharon Lovejoy, who is a gardener and a teacher. She loves introducing children to the wonders of gardening. These books have so many wonderful ideas! Make gardening fun for kids and they’ll want to do it themselves!


Toad Cottages and Shooting Stars: Grandma's Bag of Tricks, by Sharon Lovejoy

5 stars: You don't have to be a grandma to make the most of these fun ideas!

Full of fun things to do with grandchildren--easily adaptable to engaging and playing with the children in your life, whatever their relationship.

Most of the ideas are simple--like waking the child up to watch shooting stars, and growing avocado pits in a jar of water--but the simplicity makes them that much more accessible.

(Originally reviewed on Goodreads, Aug 2011)


Roots, Shoots, Buckets, and Boots: Gardening Together with Children

5 stars: A primer on gardening with kids!

Nine themed gardens to plant with your children, including a circular pizza garden (sectioned into slices, of course), a "snacking and sipping" garden, a moon garden, a garden of giants, and more! For each garden, she includes specific measurements, plant lists, and even recipes or craft projects to do along with the theme. She also includes a chapter on Top 20 Plants for Kids, a section on gardening basics, and a Resources list for ordering supplies.

The themed gardens all require quite a bit of space, but that's the beauty of the Top 20 Plants list. If you don't have much room, but still want to put in a few things for the kiddos, turn to the list. You will find not only vegetables, but also plants to touch and smell and taste, along with plants that have flowers or seedpods or other features just right for kid craft projects or fairy houses.

Detailed instructions for planting a sunflower playhouse, which I still want to do!

(Originally reviewed April 27, 2017)

Let me know if you read these. What books on gardening with kids do you recommend?